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This week in New Brunswick history (99/12/06)

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Dec. 6, 1999

FREDERICTON (CNB) -- This week in New Brunswick History saw the completion of Old Government House, then known simply as Government House, the opening of the Mechanics Institute in Saint John and the installation of Edouard LeBlanc as the first Acadian bishop in the Maritimes.

Dec. 6

Saint Nicholas Day

Dec. 7, 1840

Saint John Mechanics Institute building opened.

Dec. 8, 1828

Construction of Government House (now Old Government House) was completed in Fredericton.

Dec. 9, 1856

The Farmers and Woodsmen's Electric Telegraph was patented.

Dec. 10, 1912

Edouard LeBlanc became the first Acadian bishop in the Maritimes at Saint John.

Dec. 10, 1958

Yvon Durelle fought Archie Moore for the light-heavyweight boxing title.

Dec. 11, 1834

Lieutenant-colonel Alexander MacDonald died in Bartibog.

Dec. 12, 1884

Saint John and Portland approved the construction of a new viaduct between the two municipalities.

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